Migraine Buddy: An App for Collaborative Care
The Promise of Technology
There is no doubt the impact smartphones and app technologies have already on health and well-being. For instance, the rise in popularity of Fitbit – a wearable device that can sync with phones and tracks metrics like amount of steps taken, calories burned and distance walked or run – has been unprecedented. An estimated 40 million units of Fitbit have been sold in 2016. In healthcare, a number of apps have also emerged to help patients who suffer from a range of conditions keep track of their medication and “triggers,” for example, while other apps help doctors track patients’ progress and prescriptions.
What makes some of these apps particularly exciting is how they streamline communication between caregiver and patient. This is exactly what Migraine Buddy, an app made by the Singapore-based company Healint, does. Migraine Buddy may be an invaluable interface between medical professionals and those with migraine.
Here’s a quick rundown of Migraine Buddy’s features:
- Prodrome Tracking: One of the most important features, Migraine Buddy allows users to easily log in “prodromes,” or symptoms, that precede migraine headache. This is useful not only to doctors but to migraineurs who can help learn triggers of migraine to prevent full blown symptoms.
- Mapping Attacks: Migraine Buddy also allows users to record migraine attacks themselves. They can include important information about the attack such as duration, frequency, and specific locations of headache formation. This gives doctors a decent sense of the scale of the problem.
- A Record of Treatment: Migraine Buddy provides a means for migraineurs to also record what treatments they’ve tried and how successful they were. This, too, proved highly instrumental to doctors and medical staff.
- Sleep & Movement Tracking: What sets Migraine Buddy apart from other apps is the ability to track the movement, quality, and duration of your sleep.
Automatic Input: Even if users forget to log information, this app keeps this baseline data.
Migraine Buddy is available for both iPhone and Android. With all of its useful – and even essential – information-tracking, it’s no wonder the blog Healthline named Migraine Buddy one of its “Best Migraine Apps” of 2016.
Tech for a Brighter Tomorrow
Technological advances are all around us: in ways both obvious and subtle. Technology has changed the way we exist in the world, including our health care. Yet not matter how sophisticated apps like Migraine Buddy are, personal collaborative care between doctor and patient is still essential for migraine treatment.
Migraine Buddy helps users become an empowered and an active participant in their treatment. They’re more aware of the nature of their condition, its uniqueness, as well as provide useful information for their doctor.
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